pre-Covid

Burger me days

By PHILIP CHANDLER Ferg's going to love you even more on Wednesday. To celebrate its 20th birthday, the Queenstown institution’s shouting its original The Fergburger, or Fergburger with cheese, throughout its 21 hours of operation — so long as you say...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...
Queenstown’s cultural scene only improved when world-leading Celtic harpist Kate Targett-Adams settled here last year. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to her about why she decided to move here, how she got into playing the harp and the many other strings...

Fishbone back in business

By GUY WILLIAMS A long-time staple of Queenstown’s dining scene’s about to emerge from a brief hibernation. Seafood restaurant Fishbone’s reopening on Thursday after a Covid-induced pause in trading. Owner Darren Lovell closed the Beach Street eatery last August, opening in its...

Property market resilient

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite continuing Covid-19-induced uncertainty, Queenstown’s residential property market’s proving to be remarkably resilient. That’s the key finding from Colliers International’s just-released ‘Otago Market Review and Outlook 2020/21’. The firm’s local registered valuer/property consultant Heather Beard says: '‘In the short...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having been decimated by worldwide lockdowns, a Queenstown global success story’s been resuscitated by a local corporate hotshot who’d just saved his own company. When the Covid pandemic took hold early this year, local-based Magic Memories — which...
In a milestone that flew under the radar, Queenstown’s NZONE Skydive — currently in a tailspin due to border closures — recently turned 30. Original co-owner and general manager Robynne Williams and current gm Clark ‘Scotty’ Scott reflect on...
By PHILIP CHANDLER If anyone knows how hard Queenstown’s retail scene is, not least this year, it’s local couple Judy and John Knight, who this week mark 25 years in business. They’ve had Outside Sports — specialising in ski, hike, bike and...
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